Keg beer returns to Harvey's line-up

Harvey's say they are re-introducing keg beer to their line-up after a gap of 15 years.
Harvey's say they are re-introducing keg beer to their line-up after a gap of 15 years.

Sussex brewer Harvey's is to re-introduce keg beer to its line-up after a gap of more than 15 years.

The Lewes-based brewery stopped making keg beer, including its popular Sussex Keg Bitter brand, after deciding not to replace its equipment which was badly-damaged after severe flooding in 2000.

Since then it has only made cask beers - also known as real ale - but says it plans to return to kegging following the success of craft brewers such as BrewDog and Beavertownm, which use kegging almost exclusively for their draught beers.

"We wanted to make a range of new brews that people wouldn't necessarily expect to see from Harvey's but that still maintained our reputation for producing quality beers," says spokesman Bob Trimm.

"As a company with a 226-year history we've always kept evolving, while ensuring we maintained our integrity and passion for producing world-beating beers.

"I like to think that John Harvey, our founder, would be pleased that after all this time we're still doing that."

The brewery says it expects the newest additions to its range - Gold Bier (4 per cent) and Malt Brown (4.8 per cent) - to please both fans of golden beers and those who prefer a darker, malty brews. A third beer, Black Stout (4.8 per cent), will join the keg line-up in the near future.

The new beers are being launched part of the brewery's rebranding effort, whihc was launched at the Great British Beer Festival in August.

The brewery has once again teamed up with a local artist, this time Eastbourne-based Susan Lynch, to create bespoke label designs for the new brews.

Her dramatic abstract work will feature on keg lenses (the keg equivalent of a pumpclip) and beer cans - once they are released later this year.

Mr Trimm said: "We loved the fluidity and vibrancy of Susan's work and felt her passion for creating original art matched our own passion for creating original beers.

"Hopefully the flavours in our new brews will also satisfy the passions of beer lovers."

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